The passing of a loved one is a very difficult situation, and having to deal with the cost of a memorial service and cremation while grieving can be stressful. It can also be quite pricier than expected and leave families with heavy financial burdens, especially when the death is sudden.
The cost of cremation can be up to $3,000 on average if it is arranged directly with a crematory and up to $4,000 on average when it is organized through a funeral home. Cremation is growing in popularity because it can be much less costly than a full-body burial, which can range between $7000 and $10,000 on average.
Yet in addition to the cost of the cremation itself, there are several other charges involved, depending on the situation, from transporting the body to purchasing a casket or container. There are several options to consider, but many people opt for a container since a casket can be much pricier. Meanwhile, there are the costs involved in arranging a memorial service that properly honors the person who died by having all family, friends and others close to the deceased present.
As the costs add up, families who do not have the funds at their immediate disposal may feel they have to take out a loan, pull money from their savings, or run up their credit cards to make due.
This is the time when crowdfunding can truly ease the financial burden. By starting a free online fundraising campaign, you have access to the tools, resources and ideas to raise money to be used toward the cost of a memorial service and cremation, so you can focus on what matters most: honoring your loved one and keeping their memory alive.
Creating a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign
Following are simple steps to creating your fundraiser so you can have it up and running quickly and start receiving donations today:
1. Determine your fundraising goal
You will want to determine your fundraising goal based on the cost of cremation, other charges and the memorial service, as well as on any finances that may be affected by the loss. Contacting the crematory and funeral home to ask for a breakdown of the many associated costs will give you an idea of the realistic goal you should set. If financial needs change throughout your campaign, your goal can always be adjusted.
2. Give your fundraiser a good title
Use a title that includes the name of the person you wish to memorialize. This is the best way to make your fundraiser searchable online. A title along the lines of “In Loving Memory of John Smith” or “Help Pay for John Smith’s Cremation and a Memorial Service” are good ways to communicate to your donors who the fundraiser is in honor of.
3. Uploading photos
It’s important that you upload a high-quality photo of the deceased alone or with family or friends. The strongest, most compelling picture should be displayed on the front page of your fundraiser. It’s also a great idea to upload at least five other photos that reflect the true character, passions and strong relationships of the person who died. Several nice photos will give your viewers the ability to remember how special the person was and realize the emptiness and financial strains created by the loss. A short video is also highly recommended.
4. Tell your story
Aside from photographs, this is the best way for you to highlight the details about the life and memory of your loved one. Telling your story is the main connection between your fundraiser and your donors. It’s what helps them to identify with your campaign and have a clear understanding about what you are raising funds for and how the donations will be used.
5. Share your fundraiser
Now that your fundraiser is complete, it’s vital that you spread the word to as many people as possible so you can gain the support or friends, family and your community, and ultimately receive donations. Share through social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter, and share directly via email to all of your contacts.
Let’s Get Started
Utilize YouCaring’s free online fundraising platform to help with the cost of memorial services and cremation and to honor the legacy of your loved one. Start your fundraiser today and learn more about crowdfunding.